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Hazlehurst Bridge restoration complete

We have completed the project to rebuild the Grade II Listed Hazlehurst Bridge on the Caldon Canal near Endon in Staffordshire.

Picture of a newly restored bridge over a canal on a sunny day

The project

The 12-month project, costing £2 million, was enabled by an award from the Postcode Earth Trust, thanks to funds raised by players of People's Postcode Lottery. It has seen the bridge rebuilt in its former location and with the same form, scale and character as before, with many of the original stone copings reused.

Hazlehurst Bridge is an accommodation bridge that provides access across the Caldon Canal for farmers and residential boaters. It also provides access for the Trust for maintenance work. It was irreparably damaged three-and-a-half years ago during repairs to Hazlehurst Bottom Lock.

A historic bridge

Adnan Saif, our director for West Midlands, says: “The Caldon Canal, originally built to transport limestone from the Peak District for the iron and pottery industries in Stoke-on-Trent, runs through some of the most outstanding scenery on the canal network.

“Constructed at the end of the 18th century, Hazlehurst Bridge is one of over 2,700 listed structures in the Trust's care. We are grateful to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery to enable us to rebuild this historic bridge within a particularly fascinating section of waterway, with multiple historic structures and a rich story to tell. As a charity with increasing cost pressures, and with news that government is cutting support to keep canals open, it's important we secure external investment to help us restore, protect and preserve our historic waterways to ensure that we don't see the decline that took place in the early 20th century.”

We re-opened the Caldon Canal to boats at Easter and the towpath and local Public Right have now re-opened too.

Last Edited: 19 July 2023

photo of a location on the canals
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